Students’ sticky demo at Clegg’s office

Tar Sand Protest. Students protest outside of Nick Cleggs office against the use of Tar Sands.
Tar Sand Protest. Students protest outside of Nick Cleggs office against the use of Tar Sands.
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SHEFFIELD University students found themselves in a sticky situation when they staged a demonstration outside their MP Nick Clegg’s constituency office.

The undergraduates covered themselves head to toe in molasses to urge the Hallam MP to press the Government to vote to ban tar sands being imported from EU countries.

The young people, all members of student environmental group People and Planet Sheffield, said they wanted Mr Clegg to vote for a cleaner, greener future.

“Tar sands are too polluting and cannot help European countries meet their carbon reduction targets,” a spokesman said.

“A ‘yes’ vote to the ban will send a clear message that the UK government is willing to stand up for the interests of present and future generations and to protect the environment.”

Tar sands - or oil sands as they are known by the oil industry - are oil deposits found inside a mixture of bitumen, water, sand and clay.

They can be strip mined or deep mined, then refined to produce a useable fuel.

Environmentalists argue a ban is needed for nations to substantially reduce their carbon emissions and avoid runaway climate change.